Meet Michael Russell Jr

Session Rate: $91


Orange, Ca

About Me

Mental Performance Coach helping athletes find how to perform at their best on a more consistent basis and learn to use their mind as a weapon.

Why I Want To Be A Coach

I chose to become a Mental Performance Coach because I love being around competitive people and wanted to wake up every day and help athletes pursue getting better. Using sport psychology in my own athletic endeavors, I thought this was an important and underutilized way that I could help athletes. I earned a Master of Science in Sport and Performance Psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and have worked with a variety of athletes from combat sports, strength sports, tactical, and traditional team sports. Personally, I still compete in the sport of powerlifting and hold myself accountable to practice what I preach and implement the same sport psychology methods I coach athletes to use.

My Coaching Philosophy

My philosophy is relating to the athlete as a total person, not just as an athlete, and developing a relationship of trust and respect. I use an athlete-centered approach, helping them shift perspective as needed, while also teaching them the mental skills to perform at their best on a consistent basis and increase enjoyment in their sport.

I Best Describe My Coaching Style As…


My Favorite Book is…

Mind Gym by Gary Mack

My Favorite Movie/TV Show is…


My Favorite Podcast is…

Huberman Lab Podcast

My Proudest Accomplishment is…

Getting my college degree after dropping out of school for twelve years.

I’m Most Grateful For…

My body. I have been an athlete all of my life, and as I get older I am so grateful that I can still train it to do so many cool things. Also, sometimes it is hard to control our mind with our mind, and the body has some wonderful tools to help us in those situations.

What I Look For In The Athletes I Coach

Any athlete that wants to get better and find more joy in their performance. Sports are fun, and they are much more fun when our mind is working for us, not against us.